Monday, October 17, 2016

3 Star Work

Ever since I was a little girl, my dad always taught me to do things right the first time.  I've carried that mentality with me throughout my entire life.  Sometimes it drives me crazy because I don't understand why everyone doesn't think/act like this.  Especially my students.  But then I remember they are only 6-7 years old and may not have been taught it.  So, I complete my duty as their teacher/role model and teach it to them!   The way I teach my kids about "doing it right the first time" is by showing them how to complete quality work.  I have a designated area in my classroom for this type of work and any anchor charts/rubrics that we've completed together.  Over the years, it's changed as far as how large the area is, what the area is called, and what it looks like.  One constant has remained the same:  DO NICE WORK THE FIRST TIME and BE PROUD OF THE WORK YOU'VE DONE.  

This year's area is a chunk of my large bulletin board.  We made an anchor chart together about what 1-star vs. 3-star work would look like.  *This is a mini-lesson in my Personal Narrative Writing pack; I just expanded on it.  I told the students that when I "grade" their papers, they may earn 3 stars and that they should always strive for that.  I also shared that I would be looking for 3-star, quality work to be displaying on the board.  This helps to give them strong visual examples of exemplar work.  I found the large eyeballs at Target in the Halloween area this year...aren't they fun!?

I also have this sign hanging up...I say "Do it nice..." and the kids respond with "Or do it twice."  I definitely hold them accountable for this.  It usually only takes having one or two kids re-do their work before they all realized I'm not kidding and I will follow through!  *Click the image below to get it.

Here's a coloring rubric that we completed earlier in the year...found in my Writing Workshop Resources pack.

 Here's last year's "Wow Work" area.

Do you have an area like this in your classroom?  How do you display exemplar work?  Leave a comment below!  I'd love to hear!


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I'm homeschooling my Gr 1 twins....thank you for a timely reminder in setting expectations. Getting the work done is simply not good enough. I'll be setting up the 3 star showcase this week!

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Hi- I have a quick question. Is your 3 star mini lesson in your First Grade Nonfiction Writing packet as well?

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